by Jacqueline B. Persons
This eagerly awaited book shows how skillful case formulation addresses a critical challenge in psychotherapy today: how to use empirically supported therapies (ESTs) in real-world clinical contexts.
This eagerly awaited book shows how skillful case formulation addresses a critical challenge in psychotherapy today: how to use empirically supported therapies (ESTs) in real-world clinical contexts. The author explains the basic theories of cognition, learning, and emotion that underlie available ESTs and shows how the theories also guide systematic case formulation. By crafting a sound formulation and continually refining and monitoring it as treatment progresses, the therapist can smoothly "shift theoretical gears" and weave together elements of different ESTs to meet the needs of individual patients, who typically present with multiple problems. Hands-on tools, reproducibles, and many concrete examples are included.
"Persons's insights into case formulation are second to none. This book brilliantly demonstrates that you don't have to sacrifice good science to be an excellent clinician, and vice versa....Persons's rare combination of clinical practicality and scientific dedication makes her a role model for every young scientist-clinician."
-Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director, Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, University of Washington
"There is no greater challenge facing mental health professionals than moving from scientific theory and research to clinical practice. Persons has addressed this critical issue for many years, and has come up with solutions that demand the attention of serious health professionals. She convincingly shows how to analyze complex cases in ways that are both scientifically sound and practically feasible and effective. Persons is the consummate scientist-practitioner. This book is a 'must read.'"
-Gerald C. Davison, PhD, William and Sylvia Kugel Dean's Chair, and Professor of Gerontology and Psychology, University of Southern California
270 Pages, Size: 7" x 10", paperback
1. What Is the Case Formulation Approach to Cognitive-Behavior Therapy?
2. Cognitive Theories and Their Clinical Implications
3. Learning Theories and Their Clinical Implications
4. Emotion Theories and Their Clinical Implications
5. Beginning the Therapeutic Relationship and Obtaining a Problem List and Diagnosis
6. Developing an Initial Case Formulation and Setting Treatment Goals
7. Using the Formulation to Develop a Treatment Plan and Obtain the Patient's Consent to It
8. The Therapeutic Relationship
9. Monitoring Progress
10. Decision Making in the Therapy Session
11. Handling Nonadherence and Treatment Failure
12. Decision Making over the Course of Therapy
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